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- (pathology) A highly infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract characterised by a sore throat, fever and causing difficulty in breathing. It is caused by a bacterium which produces a toxin that leads to inflammation of the heart and nervous system.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Diph*the"ri*a (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. &?;
leather (hence taken in the sense of membrane): cf. &?; to
make soft, L. depsere to knead.] (Med.) A very
dangerous contagious disease in which the air passages, and
especially the throat, become coated with a false membrane, produced
by the solidification of an inflammatory exudation. Cf.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Diphtheria, a contagious disease characterised by the formation of a
false membrane on the back of the throat.
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